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Harold López-Nussa, Timba a la Americana, Blue Note ****

Now signed to Blue Note, France based Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa's profile has never been higher with this Michael League produced release featuring the pianist's own very contemporary sounding compositions and a band who include harmonica …

Published: 30 Aug 2023. Updated: 9 months.

Now signed to Blue Note, France based Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa's profile has never been higher with this Michael League produced release featuring the pianist's own very contemporary sounding compositions and a band who include harmonica wiz Grégoire Maret, bassist Luques Curtis, conguero Bárbaro “Machito” Crespo and Harold’s brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums. Timba sees a departure in López-Nussa's use of electric instruments and synthesizers and the whole thing sparkles with a vibrant rumba danceable feel. His playing joy got me thinking of the exuberance of Monty Alexander a bit and certainly like Monty there is plenty of spirit factored in everywhere you look. The heat is on.

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Camilla George and Tim Garland are in the mix at September's Limerick Jazz Festival

A highlight on the Irish jazz festival calendar every year the Limerick Jazz Festival returns in September with a mix this year in the line-up that includes saxophonists Camilla George and Tim Garland, singers Beverly Beirne and Honor Heffernan and …

Published: 30 Aug 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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A highlight on the Irish jazz festival calendar every year the Limerick Jazz Festival returns in September with a mix this year in the line-up that includes saxophonists Camilla George and Tim Garland, singers Beverly Beirne and Honor Heffernan and pianist Carole Nelson.

Supported by the Arts Council Ireland and Limerick City and County Council and directed by jazz drummer John Daly, also heading for Limerick 2023 are Lee Meehan, Nigel Mooney with a quartet featuring Jean Toussaint, Conor Guilfoyle's Art Pepper plus Eleven big band project, and local hero Joe O'Callaghan. The festival runs from 20-24 September - see the Limerick website for full details. Camilla George, photo: press